Purple pitcher plant

Sarracenia purpurea | Also known as: Side saddle flower, Huntsman's cup, Common pitcher plant, Sweet pitcher plant | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

There’s nothing like a pitcher full of a refreshing beverage after a hard day’s work in the garden, but there's another pitcher you may also welcome into your outdoor space - sarracenia purpurea or the purple pitcher plant. The pitchers of this carnivorous plant are smaller than other species of pitcher plants but no less eye-catching. Purple or green in colour, they have pretty purple veins and an attractive frilly hood at the lip of the pitcher. It also has reddish-purple flowers that bloom in spring. The purple pitcher plant likes well-drained but moist loamy to sandy soil in sunny or partially shaded areas and is content to grow in a bog garden or alternatively in a container, making it a striking and viable option for a courtyard garden or an attention-grabbing talking point near an outdoor seating area.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in summer
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in Autumn
  • Pink or purple
Foliage in winter
  • Pink or purple
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • poorly-drained
  • boggy
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • Carnivorous
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Bog garden
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years